On Saturday, Clinic Director Stacy Kern-Scheerer and Attorney Fellow Nicole Alanko presented at William & Mary’s Women’s Weekend. Stacy and Nicole presented on their work advocating for immigrant women. Approximately fifty people attended the presentation. Attendees included current students, friends of the College, and alumnae, including members of the Society of 1918.
The presentation began by discussing the work of a law school clinic and providing attendees with an overview of the Clinic’s growth since its founding in Fall 2019. Then, Stacy and Nicole focused on discussing the challenges that immigrant women face in seeking safety in the United States, including language barriers, access to reliable information, and the impacts of trauma. Throughout the presentation, they also addressed how students learn to address these challenges. Stacy and Nicole also discussed the importance of local partnerships, including the Pathways to Hope Initiative founded in 2021 with the William & Mary School of Education. After the presentation, attendees had the opportunity to ask about current events and how to support the Clinic’s work.
“Women’s Weekend was a wonderful opportunity to meet and connect with alumnae, students, and friends of the College,” said Stacy. “It is always wonderful to meet and share our work with such passionate and dedicated people from across our William & Mary community.”
In 2018-19, William & Mary celebrated 100 years of women at the College. To commemorate this milestone, the university hosted the first-ever W&M Women’s Weekend September 21-23, 2018. The event is now held annually.